Laad Bazaar

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Laad Bazaar (, ) or Choodi Bazaar (, ) is a very old market popular for bangles located in Hyderabad. It is located on one of the four main roads that branch out from the historic Charminar.

Laad meaning lacquer is used to make bangles, on which artificial diamonds are studded. In this -long shopping strip exclusively for women. A vast and colourful array of stores selling bangles, saris, wedding related items, and cheap jewelry are sold here.

History

This market is very old, in operation since the time of the Qutb Shahis and the Nizams. The old shops give a glimpse of the rich aura of the past.

Its proximity to the epicenter of erstwhile Hyderabad state like the Charminar, Makkah Masjid and Chowmahalla Palace grants it a coveted position.

Shopping

Laad Bazaar is the main market for bangles, it is also popular for gorgeous bangles, semi-precious stones, pearls, saris, brocade, velvet and gold embroidered fabrics, traditional Khara Dupattas, lacquer bangles and perfumes.

The exquisite range of lac and glass bangles are the pride and joy of the women of Hyderabad. The narrow lane is filled with burkha-clad women, glistening bangle shops and old buildings with wooden balconies, bargaining and haggling is part and parcel of this market. Shopkeepers employ "beckoning" tactics, placing an employee at the entrance of the store beckoning passers-by to enter their shop.

Many stores are furnished with a clean, soft cotton mattress that covers the...
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